Leishmania cases on the decrease in Khost
KHOST CITY (Pajhwok): Local health officials on Thursday said the number of leishmania patients is decreasing and the disease has been controlledin southeastern Khost province as a result of public awareness.
Dr. Raees Khan Kamalzai, head of the Khost Leishmania and Malaria Section at the Public Health Department, told Pajhwok Afghan News that leishmania cases had considerably declined.
He said 400 cases of leishmania had been registered over the past six months, compared with 700 documented during the corresponding period last year.
“The Ministry of Public Health has recently equipped our centre with effective medicine and machines. In the past, people had to pay money for treatment, but now they don’t pay any fee or drug cost,” he explained.
Kamalzai linked the disease to the presence of dirty water ponds near populated areas, as well as people travelling to other areas within and without the country and no use of mosquito nets.
However, the official said they shared information with the people on prevention of the disease. The awareness effort helped arrest the graph of the illness in the province.
“Now most people in Khost use mosquito nets, but leishmania still comesfrom other areas to the province. Returnees from Pakistan and nomads have a great role in transferring the disease,” he added.
Kalam Jan, a resident of the Kharsino area of Khost City who brought his daughter to the centre, said she had been affected by leishmania for the past one year.
But he said his daughter’s condition was improving with each passing day due to regular visits to the centre.
“A huge pimple appeared on my daughter’s hand. We put some azure on it but it did not heal. Later someone gave me the address of this clinic, now her disease is in better condition,” he said.
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